Truck Bed Campers

Discussion in 'Off The Wall Campers' started by PopUpSteve, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. dbhost

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    You know, for me, pop ups are appealing because they typically are small, and light enough to tow behind a half ton without killing MPG or making the truck break a sweat. Equipped correctly they are rugged enough, and will have clearance enough for mild off roading (beaches, forest service roads, hunters camps etc...) and tyically have generous beds (Queen / King size bed is typical for the end bunks). Not to mention the used market at least where I live is flooded with them and they can be had for a pittance. Sometimes people give them away in decent shape just because selling them is more hassle than it is worth.

    That means getting into a pop up, at least used, isn't a huge deal cost wise.

    Drawbacks are plenty too though. Kind of hard to discreetly urban camp in a pop up. So say long road trip, overnight stops at Walmart / Truck stops could be a bit more concern generating... A hard sided TC doesn't really have that issue...
     
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  2. Toedtoes

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    Yep. It's just a matter of finding what fits you and ignoring what doesn't.

    I see it a lot on the other forums. They insist that there is only one way to be happy: buy the biggest and newest you can afford. Someone wants to get a class B and travel and they are told they need at least a 30ft rig for 1 person and must have a toad. If there are two or more people, then you need 40ft. And don't worry, you can go anywhere... as long as you don't want to stay at this campground in the forest for $20... But you can stay at that RV park at the fairgrounds for $40 per night and it's just as good.
     
  3. dbhost

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    The perpetual fuss I have with my wife. I want to step into a SMALL RV, either a pop up, a small off roadable trailer, or a truck camper. She wants a 40+ foot house on wheels with a washer and dryer.
     
  4. Dingit

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    Can those 40 footers go anywhere you can't get a nice hotel at? I bet they are nice for full-timing, though.
     
  5. Toedtoes

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    Folks who own them will say they can go anywhere a small rig can go.

    However, the reality is that when they say that, they don't mean every campground. They mean that you can find somewhere in the vicinity where they will fit.

    So, if you want to go to Smallville Lake with a 40ft rig, you might end up at a campground 5 miles away instead of the one right on the lake.
     
  6. dbhost

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    Okay here's a thought. Malequite campground on Padre Island National Seashore (one of my favorite beach locales) access while not REQUIRED to have 4 wheel drive, it is a VERY GOOD idea. The camp sites are nowhere near large enough to accomodate any 40 foot rig of any sort. Even combined TV and trailer can't exceed 30. Unhitch and park next to your trailer...

    Any of hte campsites in the Guadalupe Mountains, again terrain FAR too rough for a 40 footer. Smaller the better...

    Probably 50% of the parks I can think of that I want to visit, have length limits.

    Funny thing is, I know several people that have had the huge rigs, most of them have downsized. The giant rigs tend to be a lot of effort to manage.
     
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  7. Dingit

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    My kid really loved the big 5th wheels at the RV show. But after a few years in a truck camper, he finds the popup trailer with a slide to be positively spacious.
     
  8. Dingit

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    I've been plenty of places with my TC that our popup trailer couldn't get to or couldn't fit. And we aren't into offroading. Just regular forest service campgrounds.
     
  9. Toedtoes

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    Owners of the 40ft rigs would say "but I can stay at the private RV Park 10 miles away and enjoy that same beach."

    I see that all the time on other forums. People with small rigs talk about "fitting" relevant to specific campgrounds. People with big rigs talk about " fitting" relevant to general areas. When deciding on a rig, one must decide how they see "fitting".

    In general, I think camperscampers see fitting as the former, while travelers see it as the latter.
     
  10. dbhost

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    10 miles from the beach? What's the point in that? I live 2 miles from the closest beach! (25 from the closest beach campground). If I wanted to stay near the beach, I'd stay home. I mean I get the point though. Nebraska corn farmers might be satisfied with being within a 20 minute drive from the beach. I want to leave the camper windows open and have the sounds of the waves lull me to sleep...
     
  11. Toedtoes

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    Personally, I agree. That is why I have a 20ft motorhome and a 12ft box trailer. Those with a 40ft rig think differently. That's why I believe in making your own decision based on wants and needs.
     
  12. WVhillbilly

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    Someday, I'll be looking at either a Class B or small C and my motorcycle trailer.
    I see these huge fifth wheels lumbering along the curvy roads here and just thing that it would be a huge PITA to deal with something like that.
    Not to mention parking it, getting fuel anywhere but a truck stop, fitting into some of my favorite campgrounds and so on.
     

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